The Happy Mom’s Guide to Potty Training Essentials


Why am I a happy mom you ask? Because I don’t have to change my three year old’s diapers ever again! That’s right – I successfully potty trained my first kid. I feel like I deserve some kind of trophy, medal, or maybe a parade in my honor! ๐Ÿ™‚ย The process was relatively painless and I would not have had such great success without this list of potty training essentials I’m going to share with you today!

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The Happy Mom’s Guide to Potty Training Essentials

Don’t stress mamas! Here is everything you’ll need …

The Ultimate Guide

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I read and loved the book “Oh Crap! Potty Training” by Jamie Glowacki. I had great success with the method outlined in the book, as I wrote about here, and recommend it to everyone. Seriously! Buy the book ASAP, or see if your library has a copy!

A Perfect Potty

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We are using this Fisher Price potty seat and it does the job just fine! There are no bells or whistles (and that’s actually a good thing). It’s also very easy to clean and can adjust to different heights. However, I would love to try out a BABYBJORN potty seat for my next kid! These seats are highly recommended by the “Oh Crap!” author. They also have really cute matching stools.

A Second Option

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I wanted to have a second option for my potty trainer. In addition to the chair, I got a soft potty seat for the big toilet. These are sometimes called inserts, or potty/toilet rings. I had to go with a Paw Patrol version (very popular in our household).


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Before we officially started potty training, I planted a few seeds in my toddler’s mind. We got our hands on as many potty related kids books and videos as possible. There are so many out there! A quick search on brings up a bunch and your local library should be pretty stocked up as well. Dinosaur vs. Potty was fun and silly to read. My son also loved the Once Upon a Potty video, as well as these Elmo and Daniel Tiger videos.

Flushable Wipes

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Potty training is a pretty big life change for little ones, so you want it to be as comfortable as possible. I opted for flushable wipes for my guy, instead of toilet paper. I even got him his own refillable container to carry around. This is also great to toss in the diaper bag or car when you take your first trips out of the house post potty training! The adults in my household like using flushable wipes too, so I knew these wouldn’t go to waste.

Bottomsย That Are Easy to Remove

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As I learned from reading the “Oh Crap!” book, setting your child up for success is essential. Pants that are super easy to push down when it is time to go potty are so important! We have been wearing light onesย like these Carter’s knit pants for several weeks now. Basketball shorts are also great depending on the weather in your area when you are potty training. Take extras with you everywhere you go!

Fun Activities

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On the first day of potty training you are definitely stuck at home, close to your child. You guys will need some fun stuff to do and new toys or activities really help pass the time. I made it extra special by letting my son paint with watercolors on his first day of potty training. That was a big hit and kept him happily occupied in the kitchen over the hardwood floors.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to do this – I found a 6 pack of puzzles for only $5 for example! I also stocked up on pipe cleaners, and new coloring books.

Nighttime Solutions

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We don’t plan on using them long term, but I did invest in a big box of Pull-ups. These are great for nighttime (or nap time if your kid still naps – lucky you!!), until you are ready for tackling night potty training. We will use them for about a month in our house.

Big Kid Stuff

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In the potty training method I followed, big kid undies are not necessary at first. We are going commando for the first month (and it’s working out really well!). You might make a different choice, or you might be past that phase and ready for the big kid stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚ Picking out real underwear with a favorite character on them has to be such a proud moment for our little ones.

Treats … for Mom!

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Ladies, if you are a wine drinker, this is most definitely a time in your life to treat yourself to a glass of wine (or five, no judgement). Potty training involves a lot of patience (boatloads of patience) and you will be exhausted during and after. I don’t really drink currently, so my go to treat was more along these lines. Pick something you love and treat yourself at the end of each day – you survived!

If you are a husband and your wife is getting ready to potty train your child, buy her this gift set immediately! Just trust me on this one guys!

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  1. Lol! You totally nailed this one on the head! You can’t potty train without a little (or a lot) of wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I totally agree about the plain potty seat. We looked at some of the fun character ones that made music, but figured that our son would never actually use the regular toilet if he had one that sang to him.
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  2. I love these suggestions. Good call on the easy to pull down shorts. So it is probably better to potty train in the summer months for that. Less clothing, easier to undress, etc.
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  3. I used the baby bjorn potty chair and those toilet inserts. Life savers!
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  4. LOL I love that wine adn ice cream are part of training. Ice Cream is a must for any parenting task. Great list of items to have.
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  5. HAHAH….I remember those days. Although they were long ago…the memories are clear. I swear my youngest was never going to get it. Now I am watching HER train my granddaughter!!
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  6. This is a great list of things you need for potty training! Congrats on your little ones potty training success!
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  7. Great ideas!

    My kids took FOREVER to potty train. They just didn’t care if they were sitting in their filth. They finally got it though and I was so happy.
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    • Isn’t that so funny? It’s really all they have ever been used to though when you think about it! I’m glad they finally got on board for you Amber ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I am so happy you were able to potty train your little one – at times it seems like they will never learn. You shared some great helps and ways to deal with the struggle.
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  9. Wow the memories come back. I’ve used most of the items on this page. I have a big boy now too. It was like we won the superbowl when he first used the potty on his own. I’m sure you can relate. Nice informative post!

  10. It took a lot of wine (for me) and a lot of cookies to get my boys potty trained. We never used the potty chair, we preferred the potty seat. I’m so glad my days of potty training are done ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’m not a mom, but I went through potty training with dogs (well, not ‘potty’ per se but you know what I mean), and I can agree that the glass of wine recommendation is right on! Potty training is hard! LOL

    • Potty training a dog is definitely not easy either!! Pour yourself that glass of wine Jennifer you deserve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I am about to start potty training the 1 year old so these tips are right on time. Thank you

  13. This is very informative and so useful! Will share this to my sister who just had a baby (for future reference) and my cousin who’s baby is about to potty train!
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  14. These are essential especially the treats for mom! Lol. It’s good to have everything that will make it easier for the kids to get used to using the potty.

  15. I recall having my sons 3 years apart because everyone suggested that the older one might be out of diapers but it didn’t work out that way!
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  16. I’ve not been quite sure of the benefits of using a potty over going straight to a toilet with a booster seat? The wine treats look good though haha

    • The book does a good job of explaining the benefits of the smaller potty – but it really does depend on the individual child! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now pass the wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. We have a 4 and 2 year old at home. Our 4 year old was trained around 2 and a half (she regressed after our younger daughter was born) but is still wearing pullups for naps and at night. She does pretty good. We found that skipping the baby potty was helpful and also showing her what everyone in the house was doing when they had to go potty. We all sit down to go potty since I was caught standing a couple of times and it led to her wanting to stand and go potty as well, LOL.

    My younger daughter is starting to take an interest in the potty now too (like over the past 2 weeks) so we are starting to skip the baby potty again and just put her on the big potty. We are using a sticker reward chart for her and I think she is taking to it well as well.

    Every child is different! I would say that the wine is not a bad idea LOL!
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    • Thanks for sharing Steven! My youngest is showing interest now too, mostly because he wants to do everything big brother does! He’s only 18 months old though so I’m trying to hold him off a little longer. ๐Ÿ™‚ My three year old wants to pee standing up but I’m begging him to wait a little longer so I don’t have to deal with those messes, lol.

  19. Nice post! My mom’s idea of potty training was “leave them go commando, they’ll figure it out”….. I did figure it out, around the age of two, later, my younger brother needed a bit more of the show and tell

  20. Congratulations on a successful potty training venture. These are all great tips and tools to use and I will defiantly be using them in the future.

    • Thanks for reading Crystal! If you follow the method in the book I recommend you should have a pretty easy time in the future!

  21. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about potty training! I think it’s good to be prepared and you’ve pretty much completed everything there is that you’ll need! Amazing!
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  22. Oh, love that treats for moms! This is very rewarding, a win-win situation to both!

  23. My son is potty trained, but my daughter isn’t yet. I’m the laziest ever when it comes to potty training. I just waited for my son to potty train himself. One day (he was 3.5), he said he was ready to start wearing underwear. He had a handful of accidents over the first week, then it was smooth sailing. My daughter uses the potty sometimes, mainly when my son goes. He sits on the toilet and she sits on a little potty. It’s so cute. But she isn’t really interested in going on her own, so I’m not pushing it. She has too many accidents for my sanity.
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  24. In another month or perhaps two more, we will start potty training. It excites me as it somehow makes me more nervous as well. My three boys are almost all grown up now and having a baby in the house makes me be like a first time mom all over again. I hope we succeed in potty training.

  25. What a hitlist of items. I didn’t know it was all so involved. Good on your for getting your little one potty trained though.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • I didn’t know it was so involved either Sally! lol Glad to have this experience in my past … at least until the next one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Where were you when I was potty training? UG! With my son I think I caved to the pressure of others, but he wasn’t ready. It was horrible! He hated it, I hated it, and he was in diapers far longer than he should have been.

    These are great tips, I’m glad it’s going well! Congrats!
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